Canada coach John Herdman admits speaking regularly with Newcastle chief scout Steve Nickson.
Lille striker Jonathan David, Club Brugge winger Tajon Buchanan and Porto midfielder Stephen Eustaquio are among those individuals who are part of an exciting generation of players who Newcastle are certainly already well-aware of ahead of sending talent spotters to the tournament in Qatar.
“I’ve had a few good conversations with the head of recruitment over the last two years around some of the Canadian players so they’re on the radar,” Herdman told ChronicleLive. “There’s no doubt.
“We had a good chat about some of the Canadian players. They’re on board, they’re aware, they’re doing their homework. They’re aware of some of those younger guys that are starting to emerge.
“David Edgar was the last for a while and I dare say this World Cup and the World Cup in 2026 is going to raise the stock of Canadian players. While I’m still manager, I’ll be supporting my local club to have those conversations. There would be nothing better for me than to watch my top players playing on a Saturday at the club I want to watch them play for.”